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Your Environment. Your Health.

PEPH E-News March 2013

Volume 4, Issue 3: March 2013

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Welcome to the March edition of PEPH Newsletter!

March is National Nutrition Month! Nutrition can affect our bodies' responses to environmental stressors. Researchers at the are studying whether a diet of foods with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties increases the body's ability to respond to stressors while decreasing susceptibility to effects of pollutant and allergen exposures. The University of Kentucky Superfund Research Program (UK SRP) is focusing its efforts on community education about good nutrition. Below we describe UK's work in neighborhoods affected by Superfund sites in collaboration with the County Cooperative Extension Service (CES). How many of you work with a CES? Let us know about your partnership! (

Perhaps you will be inspired to grow your own healthy vegetables. Before you do, listen to the new podcast on Safe Urban Gardening, or check out the lead-safe gardening brochures (see below).

There are many other educational materials available for your use on our PEPH Resources page. Send us your news or event announcements for the next PEPH Newsletter (! Email us to subscribe, and please forward this newsletter to colleagues.

University of Kentucky SRP Gets the Word Out on Olive Oil, and Fresh Vegetables and Fruits

Does this sound more like cooking class than PEPH-related community education? In fact, it is both. The University of Kentucky Superfund Research Program (UK SRP) Community Engagement Core focuses primarily on educational support about nutrition. The program, Superfund Community Action through Nutrition (SCAN), helps people, particularly those affected by Superfund sites, understand the importance of good nutrition in reducing health effects.

How do they do it? In London, Kentucky, SCAN hosted a cooking class at a Holiday Cooking School event. The program included a chef who demonstrated some of the many uses of olive oil and fresh foods in cooking. Why use olive oil? Researchers are investigating the role of olive oil in lowering LDL cholesterol and providing beneficial antioxidants. About 200 participants sampled the creations and learned new, nutritious recipes.

Another program, "Healthy Grilling," was held in cooperation with the Harlan County Cooperative Extension Service (CES) , drawing 64 participants. Lisa Gaetke, Ph.D., R.D., Core Leader, received the UK College of Agriculture 2012 High Impact Research/Extension Award for her collaborative work with CES to improve nutrition and health in exposed communities.

Lead-Safe Gardening Brochures

Plants can take up metals and other toxicants, and thus can be present in garden-grown foods and compost. PEPH partners at Wayne State University created "Lead-Safe Gardening" brochures in English (992KB) and Spanish (250KB) . These are available on the PEPH Resources page.

Ergonomics and Airborne Particles Summer Courses

The Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health is offering two week-long classes in June 2013: Introduction to Ergonomics, and Airborne Particles . The courses can be taken for academic credit or for continuing education credit.

Seeking Public Comment on EPA Policy and Title VI

The EPA seeks public comments on two draft policy papers on EPA policy regarding use of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. EPA views Title VI as an important tool in its efforts to protect against discrimination in implementing programs and activities by recipients of EPA financial assistance. Comments deadline: March 8, 2013.

Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research Journal

A new public-access journal was launched in 2012 through the University of Kentucky College of Public Health . The latest issue of Frontiers in Public Health Services & Systems Research includes a commentary on public health communication by Anna Hoover, Ph.D. , a PEPH grantee.

PEPH Podcast on Safe Urban Gardening

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A new podcast in the PEPH series, Environmental Health Chat, discusses Safe Urban Gardening. Murray McBride, Ph.D. , and Hannah Shayler from the Cornell Waste Management Institute at Cornell University discuss safe gardening research and steps you can take to reduce exposures to toxicants.

Funding Opportunities

Visit the PEPH Funding Opportunity Announcements page for more PEPH-related funding opportunities.

NIEHS Superfund Research Program Multiproject Center Grants (P42). Deadline: April 10, 2013.

Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants (R01) . Next deadline (new R01): June 5, 2013.

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R01 and R21 ). Deadlines: Letter of Intent April 11, 2013; Application May 11, 2013.

Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research (upcoming 2013 deadlines: new R01 - June 5; new R03 and R21 - June 16; renewal R01 - July 5).

Science for Sustainable and Healthy Tribes (EPA STAR Program) . Deadline: June 25, 2013. EPA will hold three webinars to discuss this RFA and respond to questions. Dates will be posted online .


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Webinar on Environment and Birth Outcomes

The next NIEHS/EPA webinar features Marie Lynn Miranda, Ph.D. , and Amy Padula, Ph.D. , on March 13, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET. The role of the environment, social stressors, disparities, and air pollution in preterm birth and birth outcomes will be discussed. Register online .

Upcoming PEPH-Related Meetings

March 1–2, 2013: "Gulf of Mexico Environmental Justice Conference " in Biloxi, Mississippi.

March 3–6, 2013: "Environmental Health 2013: Science and Policy to Protect Future Generations" in Boston, Massachusetts.

March 7–9, 2013: "Improving Medical Effectiveness and Health Outcomes to Achieve Health Equity Through Interprofessional Collaborations " in New Orleans, Louisiana.

March 10–14, 2013: "Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting" in San Antonio, Texas.

March 15, 2013: "5th Annual NW Environmental Health Conference " in Portland, Oregon.

April 3–5, 2013: "National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program " in Washington, DC.

July 29–31, 2013: "Environmental Health Disparities and Environmental Justice Meeting" in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

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